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jjseel 09-19-2007 07:25 PM

Cobra 19 Ultra III
Bought this radio for the Jamboree. It worked very well on the trail, out of sight, over hills and valleys. On the Highway, I can only inderstand about 1/4 of conversations, is it the radio, or just the speaker? What's the deal with extra speakers? Are they powered? Expensive? Most transmissions sound like the speaker is over-driven, very hard to understand. It was crystal-clear on the trail. Never used a CB much, but I figured, since it was in the JEEP, I would listen to it on the road - it didn't keep me much company!

Tj Bunch 09-19-2007 09:56 PM

JJ did you get the antenna matched? It may be off freq. a little.

"W4MAC" 09-19-2007 10:08 PM

If you have a RF gain control, try turning it down some. Most truck drivers clip the audio limiter, which will over drive your receive at close range. Also a external speaker is usually pointed more at you, so you don't have to turn the volume up so far to here it over the road noise. You probally don't need an expencive ext speaker, just a larger diameter may sound better. Like 4 inch.

skeeter 09-19-2007 10:09 PM

The speakers they put in radios are pathetic due to size, enclosure and expense, they're trying to build the cheapest "functional"radio they can.
External speakers make a world of difference, you don't need anything fancy, my favorite was actually a cheap set of walkman speakers, I just cut one off.

jjseel 09-20-2007 09:19 PM

I have a couple of computer speakers laying around, I'm gonna give it a try.

jjseel 09-21-2007 04:43 PM

Thanks Skeeter! My extra computer speaker plugged right in! Where it was turned all the way up, now only needs 1/4 power! Sounds much clearer also. I love free mods!

Seryoga 09-24-2007 11:20 PM

I actually got the same CB today. :D

tazmann910 09-25-2007 04:09 PM

I have the same CB Radio, I am going to try the computer speaker idea. Thanks for the info.

jjseel 09-25-2007 08:11 PM

I had a hard time believing the deal I got at Wally-world! If you use the Comp spkr, use the slave, not the powered one

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